Andean Eagle, difficult to get a closer shot, the bird was massive. Light grey coloring, beautiful bird. The Andean fox is very well camouflaged against the dry background.
This week in returning fauna: Andean fox, a pair of owls, and many other variety of birds, a snake, and an Andean Eagle...
All animals and elements in an eco system play a vital role in the balance of the system itself. For example, foxes may have been seen as predatory animals, however they have their function as well; keeping wild rabbit populations to manageable numbers. Permaculture magazine ( <- click for article) does a great job of explaining this in their article related to this subject.
A great indicator of sustainability is not only an increase of your soils per year, but also returning natural systems (biodiversity). Biodiversity = health and strength of an eco system, in all areas of life (soils are also another part of the entire system on a micro level & is of course, therefore a living eco-system). As slow as our process has been in the last 2 years, in establishing our permaculture farm from a mono-culture to polyculture (our food forest), we have indications of going in the right direction with wildlife returning.
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